Envisioning a Future Free From Plastic Pollution – with Andrea Fox, Podcast Host Age of Plastic Podcast

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Envisioning a Future Free From Plastic Pollution – with Andrea Fox, Podcast Host Age of Plastic Podcast 

Quantum Quote:

“If you can’t love yourself, how the hell are you going to love anyone else?” – Ru Paul

“I don’t know how to tell you – you should care about other people.” – Aja Barber

Isn’t it a bit ironic that we – human beings – don’t really prefer plastic jewelry and other “fake” possessions – but it’s been years and we’re still living with plastics?

Don’t we know that plastics are all fake? That’s why it’s such an insult when someone is called “plastic”.

The most easily seen environmental issue on this planet is the continuous use of plastics. Virtually all plastics come from fossil fuels, and end up in landfills, or in the oceans and everywhere else…

We all have the power to choose what we bring inside our homes. And there are a lot of ways to recycle plastics into something more sustainable – for both our lives, and the planet’s.

Before you buy any product, ask yourself: What is it made of? Who made it? How long are you going to use it? What are you going to do once it comes to the end of its life?

Considering these things whenever we purchase products might sound exhausting, but in reality, aside from saving money, it also takes us a step closer towards sustaining life on Earth. 

Listen to this episode with Andrea Fox and check the Age of Plastic Podcast for more insights.

Andrea Fox is the host of the Age of Plastic Podcast – an environmental podcast with tips on how to live plastic free! Host Andrea Fox tackles big ethical issues in the hope of overcoming the climate change overwhelm and the guilt from our use of single-use plastics.

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SuperNova #1. There are ways you can live life more sustainably. There are so many things you are able to do without even lifting a finger to be more sustainable and to live in a slightly more waste-free, plastic-free life.

SuperNova #2. Everyone is capable of doing a certain amount of research, and every small step is getting us to a better, more sustainable planet for everyone.

SuperNova #3. There is no one solution. It has to be a little bit of everything.

Worst Career Moment: “In terms of not being the most energy efficient I could have been and maybe not considering the climate. There was one year where my husband and I probably went on a trip every single month, and a few of those were long haul trips. Looking back, that was a heavy carbon footprint year. That was definitely a time where I look back and go, ‘I’m gonna offset my carbon footprint.’ Please don’t buy stuff that people don’t need. There’s a lot of stuff in the landfill that I wish I didn’t buy.” – Andrea Fox

Aha Moment: “AirCarbon is very exciting. Plastic alternatives really are exciting in terms of decarbonizing the economy. I also think Juliet Davenport is a great example. She used to be the CEO of Good Energy here in the UK, and now she works on energy research and renewables. Realizing that there can be some green washing around your energy provider, but even just saying ‘I want a renewable energy provider’ is a message to the energy market. I think everyone is capable of doing a certain amount of research, and every small step is getting us to a better, more sustainable planet for everyone.” – Andrea Fox

Best Advice She’s Ever Received: “Done is better than perfect. Don’t let perfection ruin just creating and starting something.” – Andrea Fox

Personal Habit that Contributes to Success: “The Pomodoro Method where if you’re really struggling to start something, just set a timer for 20 minutes and concentrate on it for 20 minutes. Normally, by the time you’ve done that, you’re on a roll and you’ve already made a big start.” – Andrea Fox

Internet Resource: Amyam Nguyen from @sustainableandsocial

Book Recommendation: “The Artist’s Way” by Julia Cameron; “Consumed: The Need for Collective Change: Colonialism, Climate Change, and Consumerism” by Aja Barber; and “Is It Really Green?: Everyday Eco Dilemmas Answered” by Georgina Wilson-Powell

Magic Wand: “I would ban virgin plastic and fossil fuel extraction. Whether we do that with an out and out ban or whether that’s tax incentives or disincentives, I would love to see us using the plastic that we have already created and turning that into plastic products and really using our recycling, because so little of our recycling actually is turned back into new products. I think that would definitely speed up the move to more renewable energy sources, more renewable energy jobs, and ending this endless cycle of fossil fuel plastic that we’re stuck with at the moment.” – Andrea Fox

WTF or F: “We’ve had some extreme weather in London recently which has seen the tube flooding. I remember someone on a podcast saying we need to think about the climate for the next generation. Why not just be selfish and think about the climate for yourself? And he was like, I love skiing. I’m not going to get to do that in a rapidly warming Earth and I was like, I love skiing. So yeah, I suppose my extreme weather would be – let’s keep the temperatures as they are so I can continue to skate, please.” – Andrea Fox

Most Energized About Today: “I’m most energized about social connections and connecting to nature. I’m looking forward to seeing my family very soon. I’m looking forward to seeing some friends later on this year. And to get out in nature. I’m asking everyone who’s listening to the Age of Plastic podcast this season to listen to the podcast when you’re outside and tag me on your post on social media to encourage me to get outside. Because I need to do it more. I think we all feel energized by that, don’t we?” – Andrea Fox

Next Step: “I love supporting petitions from my guests on the podcast and campaigns, and stopping the oil field is one at the moment. Putting pressure on the Prime Minister here in the UK to not to open up the extra oil field and prioritize renewables. But I want to sort of work on my own magic wand. Maybe the Age of Plastic podcast could ban virgin plastic in the UK. Who knows? But I want to focus on one doing something like that with the community we built around the podcast.” – Andrea Fox

Parting Advice: “It’s okay to fail. No one really knows what they’re doing, frankly. So just try and start it and they will come.” – Andrea Fox

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